It's natural for Life to expand. All species take every chance
to expand to new grounds. If they can go somewhere, they will.
It's programmed into their DNA, to increase their survival
rate. If we Humans with our big brains - as the first species
ever - opt out of this; if we choose not to reach for new
grounds and resources as they become accessible, it would
be something new, totally against Nature, and extremely dangerous...
Throughout my grown-up life, I have been helping people to
see the big picture, understand our place and evolutionary
potentials in the larger scheme of things. And especially,
to understand how everything is connected. Not too long ago,
we destroyed our planet's environment out of sheer ignorance.
Now, however, many understand how our local & global environments
relate to each other, that everything is connected. We have
discovered our place within a larger system - the planet Earth.
are also a part of an even larger system - the universe. But
if I suggest that we now can use the resources of space to
solve some problems, many environmentally concerned people
would simply reject it as 'nonsense', telling me to 'grow
up' and 'live in the real world'. Another common response
is that "we got to take care of the problems on our world,
before we go to other worlds" ...thereby suggesting space
travel is irresponsible.
people thinks our cosmic outreach is something that has no
relevance to their lives, or to the threats facing our planet.
But this is exactly the same kind of argumentation people
had a century ago, when we happily ignored the global effects
of local polluting. Most people are only used to see one step
ahead, when they actually would need to see two, three or
more steps ahead.
concerned organizations and parties supporting this stand-point
represent a very shallow, short-sighted view, based on arguments
intended to touch the hearts of people, rather than their
brains. Arguments based on the assumption that our future
will be a copy of today. That's just as flawed as when Jules
Verne assumed we would travel to the Moon in spaceships looking
like European estates back in ca 1850. But in our shallow
world - unfortunately for our future as a species - it has
fooled many people.
I will be controversial: I'd say that those environmentalists
& organizations supporting this view - the view that taking
care of Earth now is more important than expanding our civilization
into space - is not only ignorant. THEY are the irresponsible
ones. THEY are the one who may doom us to extinction...
why are these environmentalists ignorant and irresponsible?
This is a pretty serious accusation, so I better explain...
most obvious flaw is the lack of logic and objectivity in
their reasoning: There will of course never be a time when
we have "solved all problems on Earth", so we can
allow ourselves to have fun doing other things. The building
of the future has always happened parallell with solving old
problems. The construction of railroads and airports and the
invention of telephones and telescopes, it has always occured
parallell with helping sick, starving and suffering people,
for example. (cont)